The Association of Korean United Methodist Churches, the largest body
of Korean United Methodists, recently voted to join efforts with The
Wesleyan Covenant Association.
The United Methodist News Service issued a commentary from Rev.
Sung-Ho Lee (Concord UMC, California-Nevada Annual Conference) on
October 7, 2019 arguing against this move from the standpoint of a
Korean pastor serving in a cross-cultural appointment.
This commentary prompted a response from Rev. Chul-gu Lee,
President of the Korean Association of the UMC who wrote on behalf of
the association. Rev. Chul-gu Lee is a clergy serving in the Florida
Both posts were offered by UMNS in the Korean Language only. I asked
a clergy friend to translate these. As with any translation, there is a
degree of subjectivity involved. But I believe the translation to be
faithful to the original posts.
The Original Post that Prompted the Reply